November 6, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 6.11.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

Lock down your aerials…

1. ULMUS LONDINIUM

A major installation featuring the heritage of our capital’s elm trees will remind Londoners of the importance of respecting the nature found around our city.

The display will show that although millions of elms have been lost as a result of disease and development, there are still beautiful elm trees to be found in London. And there’s good news, because more are being planted as part of The Conservation Foundation’s Ulmus Londinium campaign.

Wander through the magical and theatrical elm grove to discover uses for elm trees from the past, such as a material for coffins and water pipes, and as a herbal remedy.

WHERE? Temple, Somerset House
WHEN? Until Sunday December 6th
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2. CHORTLE COMEDY BOOK FESTIVAL

Internet comedy bible, Chortle, hosts a book festival with a difference this weekend. A real celebration of funny bones and literature.

The two-day shindig features live performances of literature-themed shows, plus Q&As with leading comics and comedy writers discussing their penned work.

David Baddiel, Isy Suttie, Phil Jupitus, Jon Holmes and Bob Servant are among the big names appearing at this year’s festival.

WHERE? Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre
WHEN? Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th
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3. COSMONAUTS

Once upon a time, only 70-odd years ago, space travel was just a twinkle in the eye of astrophysicists. But in 1957, Sputnik was sent up to the skies, followed four-years later by the first human to enter space, Yuri Gagarin.

This exhibition tells the story of how Russia won the race and became the first country to start exploring the world that lies beyond our own planet.

Visitors can find out what gadgets astronauts need to perform everyday tasks, see moving testimonies and memorabilia from some of space travel’s biggest names, and hear how its pioneers made lift-off happen.

WHERE? Science Museum, Brompton
WHEN? Until Sunday March 13th
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4. WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION

Celebrating powerful, moving, and sometimes disturbing photojournalism, the annual World Press Photo competition draws entries from all over the world.

This year 5,963 photographers representing more than 130 different nationalities submitted just under 100,000 images. The resulting exhibition of 140 winning and shortlisted shots is being displayed in 45 countries, with the London leg of the tour taking place at the Royal Festival Hall.

The submissions cover a kaleidoscopic of subject matter; the often haunting images cover everything from homophobia in Russia to the Ebola crisis. The focus and scope of this free show – from the political to the personal – makes it an essential snapshot of the moment we live in.

WHERE? Royal Festival Hall, South Bank
WHEN? Thursday November 5th
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5. INCREDIBLE MIDTOWN: THE GAME

Ever fancied time-travelling through London? Then this is the game for you.

This interactive experience on the streets of London features remarkable Dickensian characters, ghosts and a raft of fiendishly puzzling people.

The game will present you with three centuries’ worth of London’s history to weave through, with the challenge of searching out hidden clues and solving a plethora of problems to solve the big mystery…

WHERE? Around Midtown
WHEN? November 9th to December 11th
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6. FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE CITY

The team at Unity are obsessed with trying to understand our cities, and the people that make them a success.

So we’re really looking forward to The Festival of the Future City, which will be the largest debate ever about the city and the future. It brings together academics, city planners, artists, writers, filmmakers, games makers, architects, politicians, journalists and commentators, poets, community leaders, think tanks and others to debate the future city with the public. These people are coming together discover a way to create better and more resilient, sustainable and prosperous cities for all.

Speakers include Gary Younge on US cities, authors Iain Sinclair and Matthew Beaumont on cities and walking, and Jonathan Meades on the future of places and cities. A festival highlight will feature Will Self talking about JG Ballard and future cities, followed by a screening of four films chosen on a future city theme.

WHERE? Bristol
WHEN? November 17-20
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